I was on the fence about making something for The Guy this week, so when I made up my mind to do something it was kind of last minute. I had flirted with the idea of goat cheese, apple and bacon turnovers, so I decided to go with that, and pulled out (gasp!) pre-made puff pastry and got started around nine-thirty. It was a pretty simple process- I made some bacon (I think I used about six strips), took some First Light Farm and Creamery double cream chevre and added a little black pepper and smooshed it around with a spatula to soften it up, peeled and cored two apples, and cooked them in the bacon grease, and carmelized half an onion. While the puff pastry was still defrosting I mixed the bacon, onion, and cheese together to make a (amazing. astonishing. off-the-walls delicious) compote (technically, compotes are fruit, but it’s French for mixture, so that’s how I’m going to describe it), and when the pastry was ready I cut it into triangles, filled it with compote and apples (which were only slightly cooked, but still crunchy) and popped them in a 400-degree oven for like twenty minutes. The end result was gorgeous.
I wrapped one up in parchment paper and took it to the market, feeling kind of self-conscious. It was one thing to bring whoopie pies, but these turnovers are kind of huge. And I’m also an awkward person by nature, so that doesn’t help. I wasn’t sure what to say, but I figured I would just go with it. Except he wasn’t there. Fail. I was so slow getting to the market that they were all out of cheese curds too. So that was sad. The turnovers are quite delicious though, so there is a silver lining to this cloud.